Installing sod in Tampa on large patches of land is intense work, especially in the humid and tropical climate of Florida. Laying sod is a quick method to get a thick, green lawn with faster results than that of planting grass seeds. Sod is a convenient way to get a lawn looking healthy, with its ability to be planted at most times of the year in Florida. At Tampa Mow, we have the right equipment and knowledge to re-sod any yard and keep it healthy. We will till the soil, then provide sod, fertilizer, and the manpower to cover your yard with fresh, green grass.
What should I look for in the quality of sod?
At Tampa Mow we buy sod directly from the manufacturer, installing the sod the day it’s cut to preserve color and health. Wholesale manufacturers provide a superior quality of sod, with a thick dirt base compared to the sandy, thin sod for sale at most hardware stores. The grass of the sod itself should be dense and long (at least 2 inches), along with being spread even throughout the patch of soil. The grass needs to be the same shade of green throughout and have a thick system of roots.
What tricks can I use when planting sod?
When installing sod in Tampa, it can be planted in a pattern similar to bricks, so that water does not flow in a straight line out of the sod. Tilling the soil beforehand speeds up the rooting process along with leveling out the land. Laying out the sod row by row will prevent alignment issues and subsequently covers seams between the pieces of sod. Minimizing space between individual patches of sod reduces water loss, and allows roots to grow together, strengthening the grip the grass has on the land.
How often should I water sod?
Installing sod should usually be done during the rainy season. After the sod is planted, water twice a day for the first two weeks, then water every other day for another two weeks. Do not water your yard before laying sod, so that the soil stays dry and even during the planting of new grass. The watering should be repeated three times a day during the hottest months of the year, at around 8 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM. It is possible to set a sprinkler a few months after installation, as the roots will be in the soil and won’t require as much water. Watering is most effective if done early in the morning, so that sunlight and heat cannot cause excessive evaporation, especially in the extreme Florida heat.
How can I prepare soil for sod?
At Tampa Mow, we have the equipment to clear large areas of land for sod installation in Tampa with our tractor-mounted rototiller. The rototiller will remove grass and weeds without the use of poison to protect the rest of your lawn while clearing what was dead or dying. The soil should be fertilized at least four times a year when the sod is installed, with the first fertilizer used within six weeks after the sod is first placed. If the sod struggled to anchor and was slow to root, wait to fertilize the sod until about four weeks after the sod acclimates to the soil
How long does it take sod to grow into the soil?
After the sod installation, it takes up to two weeks for roots to initially sink into the topsoil. After six weeks, the sod will be securely anchored into the ground and will be ready to mow. The land used with sod should be tilled before planting, and fertilized at least six weeks later. At Tampa Mow, we have high quality equipment to prepare land for sod so that it grows and anchors quickly and easily, without dead patches of grass.
What can I do to prevent sod from dying quickly?
Sod installation in Tampa is fairly easy, but there are five tips to keep sod healthy:
Avoid walking on new sod for up to six weeks- Sod needs to grow its roots into the ground for nutrients to live. Not only will walking on sod misalign it, it will also end up strangling the sod for food and eventually killing it. Do not mow the sod, as the lawnmower will move and destroy the grasses’ roots.
Water sod twice daily for two weeks- As the sod is initially adjusting to new soil, it will need to be watered multiple times a day for a few weeks. One of the most common ways sod dies is when it is only watered once after planting, then just placed on a sprinkler system. The sod can be checked throughout the day and should not have a crunchy texture. On especially hot days in the Florida heat, the grass will need to be watered up to three times in order to keep its green color
Use fertilizer within a few weeks of installation- Fertilizer helps keep sod green and thick, it should be used a few weeks after planting, and at least four times throughout the year. The fertilizer used should be very rich in nitrogen.
Avoid planting during winter- Even in hot areas, winter can deliver a few cold days that are fatal towards new sod. The best time to plant sod is in the spring, during the long rainy season we enjoy in Florida. Rain accompanied with adequate sunlight will support a healthy green lawn.
Allow grass to grow long as it establishes root system- Long grass takes in more sunlight for food, along with taking up space that would otherwise be weeds. Reducing the amount of mowing with new sod also gives the grass time to adjust to soil, and take in nutrients.